In honor of Tom Durkin’s retirement from race calling on August 31, we are taking a look back at 40 of his most memorable calls–one for each day of the 2014 Saratoga meet.
In anticipation of the great stakes races this weekend, we give you what we consider Durkin’s best call of the historic Test Stakes. (And in this bro’s opinion, Durkin’s best call EVER). The 2002 Test, which ended with an epic stretch duel between You and Carson Hollow, is a memorable race within itself. But Durkin’s call made it all the more memorable.
The race pitted speed vs. rally and the old guard (Bailey) v. the new guard (Johnny V.). And in the imortal words of Durkin, it ended in “a photo finish that doesn’t deserve a loser”.